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Twenty one years ago I sat crossed legged, at the foot of my Mom’s desk sifting through medical files, with jargon I could hardly wrap my head around, looking for an explanation for why my sister had died. My parents were hurting, my brother too. However, there was no piece of information in those files that could explain why she died and not me. I wasn't going to discover some missed course of treatment that would change my reality. I was 13, and I had never faced the world alone. Everything I ever did was in toe with my twin and vice versa. I needed to know what was next for me, and I was desperate to find answers.
Amongst medical files I found marketing materials for Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a program of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California. The services provided by the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House during Katee’s battle with cancer were paramount to keeping our family together and grounded. The fact that Camp was a program of the charity (and worked directly with kids and cancer), had me sold! It was at that moment I made my first real and very personal goal, I was going to be a volunteer one day.
Next summer will be my 15th summer at Good Times, I can not believe how time flies! I spent 10 years as a volunteer, and just finsied year three as a full time staff member. My involvment with this organization has allowed me to spend everyday honoring the life and death of my twin. I am forever in debt.
We know we can’t negate the impact of chemotherapy or reduce the pain that comes with treatment, but we feel that cancer should not take away the opportunity for a child to experience the fun, laughter and joy of life. Camp provides that opportunity and more! Any gift, big or small, directly impact children and families with cancer. Because of the financial burden of a cancer diagnosis, Camp is cost-free to our kiddos and families.
Consider supporting me, but more importantly these deserving kiddos. Everyday I see lives changes for the better be because of Camp!
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Thank you so much!